It was announced today that the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded a fifth-round draft pick in 2009 (originally belonging to Pittsburgh) to the New York Rangers for Ryan Hollweg.
Hollweg, who is 25-years-old, was drafted in 2001 by the Rangers (eighth round, 238th overall) and has since played three seasons for the team.
In those three seasons, Hollweg has played 200 games, has five goals and seven assists, 311 penalty minutes, and is a minus-26.
Last season, he played 70 games, scored two goals, added two assists, and had 96 penalty minutes. He was also a minus-12.
So, if you haven't caught on due to his stats, Hollweg is nothing more than a goon. And according to an article written by Greg Caggiano (the link is at the bottom this article), Hollweg is the biggest waste of a roster spot in the NHL.
Greg describes him as a player who cannot score, fight, or check. I agree with these statements, but it shouldn't be a surprised Toronto traded for him.
I'm assuming Toronto acquired Hollweg to replace Wade Belak, who was traded to Florida back at the trade deadline. I see no other reasons to trade for such a player.
We'll see how Hollweg does in Toronto, but I have a feeling it won't be much different than it was in New York.
Greg Caggiano's Article on Hollweg: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/36607-the-winner-of-the-biggest-waste-of-an-nhl-roster-spot-award-goes-to